May 28, 2017

NUSP leads national day of action for free education, denounces free tuition scam

The National Union of Students in the Philippines (NUSP) with different progressive student organizations led the National Day of Action for Free Education and held a picket protest in front of Commission on Higher Education (CHED) main office. Months after its pronouncements of finally providing free public tertiary education, the Duterte administration, through CHED and DBM, released the guidelines for the grant of free tuition. After examining the provisions of the guidelines, several progressive youth and student groups dubbed the policy as the ‘free tuition scam.’ “Education is an inalienable and inherent right of every individual. It should be enjoyed…

NUSP lobbies in Congress for no tuition collection, free education

Led by the National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP), student-leaders from different universities and youth groups went to the House of Representatives yesterday to lobby for free education. Selective targeting of free tuition beneficiaries denounced Student-leaders held a protest action in front of the House of Representatives to denounce the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) issued by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) of the free tuition policy for A.Y. 2017-2018. “The IRR the free tuition policy clearly translates it to a nationwide socialized tuition system where students will be…

NUSP slams IRR on free tuition policy, asserts no tuition collection

Last year, Filipino students nationwide welcomed the introduction of free tuition in all state universities and colleges (SUCs) for academic year 2017-2018. Because of the student movement’s clamor for free public education at all levels, the Congress granted the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) an additional budget of P8.3 billion to fund all 114 SUCs in lieu of collecting tuition from 1.4 million students. The special provision on tuition collection in the 2017 General Appropriations Act clearly states that no tuition shall be collected from all SUC undergraduate students in School Year 2017-2018. However, President Rodrigo Duterte placed the said…